Author Archives: Sasha

A New Epistemology of Solving Complex Problems

I’m in India, spending the week with the Acumen team and with the Acumen India Fellows for their fourth seminar. Last night, at the end of the first day of seminar, we were joined by Vijay Mahajan, one of the … Continue reading

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Strong ideas, loosely held

One of the best pieces of advice I got about five years ago was that I should have “strong ideas, loosely held.” The feedback I was getting was on the “loosely held” part. At the time people experienced me as … Continue reading

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Why I (like everyone) gave to ALS while on vacation

A friend and colleague asked me. It was personal and I didn’t want to let him down. It was (a little bit of) a challenge to how macho and bold I could be. It was public. Turning something like this … Continue reading

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What we need from you

What we need from you isn’t better thinking, more analysis and caveats, the low-probability risks you’ve explored, and how you’ve smoothed the edges. What we need from you is the fearlessness to put your best ideas out in the open, … Continue reading

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Your questions grow up with you

Do I want to be a superhero or drive a firetruck? Do I want to be a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer or a veterinarian? Do I want to be a salesperson, an entrepreneur, an investment banker or a professor? … Continue reading

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Solving big thorny problems

I like to divide big thorny problems (aka “the fun ones”) into three parts: The easy bits Parts that will be hard to get done, that will take a lot of work, but where directionally I have a pretty good … Continue reading

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That’s not what I’d do

You have two options when you hear this from someone you like and respect. Either you decide that their wisdom, experience and perspective bring something to the decision that you didn’t see, and they are right. Or you decide that … Continue reading

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